Marlina joined Watsi on December 30th, 2016. Eight months ago, Marlina became the 4483rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 763 more people have become monthly donors! Marlina's most recent donation supported Diana, a girl from Kenya, to fund clubfoot repair.
Marlina has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Diana is a student from Kenya. She has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Diana traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 20. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Diana's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily.
Nyo is a 44-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in Myawdddy Town, Karen State. Two years ago, Nyo experienced a sense of tightness in her back that would come and go. One night in the beginning of March 2019, she started to experience severe pain in her upper abdomen. The doctor diagnosed her with a bile duct stone after a CT scan. Nyo has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nyo's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nyo is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on May 2. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nyo's procedure and care. Nyo says, "I cannot wait to have surgery and get well. After that I can spend time with my children happily."
Mu Lu is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Thay Ka Tay Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State. She is a homemaker. Five months ago, Mu Lu started to experience problems with the right side of the top of her throat, when her right salivary gland became swollen. Then the pain worsened, and she had ringing in her ear. She tried to cure herself with traditional medicine, but the pain never disappeared. Doctors want Mu Lu to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Mu Lu's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 26. Mu Lu said, “When I got better, I want to go back to my village and live with my family happily. I can help them by cooking and feeding the pigs or chickens. When the animals are mature, I will sell them to pay back my debt.”
Polen is a 38-year-old noodle seller from Cambodia. She enjoys taking care of her daughter, watching television, and listening to the radio in her free time. She developed a tumor below her nose that has since increased in volume over time. She finds it difficult to breathe normally, and experiences mild pain and lack of confidence. When Polen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 18, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin flap procedure to help eradicate the pain and breathing interference. Now, she needs help to fund this $606 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have any more pain and will look back to normal."
Huon is a man from Cambodia. When Huon was 22 years old, he noticed hip pain that caused him distress and pain. He was first seen by a Thai hospital that recommended a hip replacement, but he could not afford it. Huon is unable to walk without crutches, finds it difficult to care for his daughter and wife, and cannot work at the farm. Fortunately, he is now scheduled to undergo an arthroplasty to treat his osteonecrosis on February 11. The procedure will cost $497. After surgery, he hopes that he will be able to walk like normal and will no longer have any pain. He says, "I hope that after surgery I won't have any more pain and can walk and work with no problems."
Rene is a young student from Kenya. She is in the second grade. She is also the only child to her single mother. Renee likes reading books. Rene has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Rene traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Rene's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “I am kindly requesting for support so that she can be able to walk completely well without any support. God bless you," Renee’s mother says.
Ma Hnin is a 31-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her son and husband in War Ka Yauk Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Her son is a student who studies at a migrant school. Ma Hnin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Ma Hnin has bad back pain, feels fatigued, experiences heart palpitations, and has difficulty breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ma Hnin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 4 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I want to open a small shop and I want to sell snacks to increase my family’s income,” says Ma Hnin.
Cherly is a young adult from Haiti. She lives with her husband and 15-year-old daughter in Port-au-Prince. She is not currently working due to her heart condition. Cherly has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the valves of her heart are damaged as a result of an infection she suffered a number of years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body, and she is in heart failure. Cherly will fly to United States to receive treatment. On November 21, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace two of the damaged valves in her heart with artificial valves. Another organization, the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $75,000 to pay for surgery. Cherly's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Cherly's family overseas. She says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so I can spend more time doing things with my daughter."
Carlos is a 14-year old student who lives in an orphanage on the southern coast of Haiti. Carlos is currently in the eighth grade and would like to become a doctor or an engineer when he grows up. Carlos suffers from mitral and aortic regurgitation, both of which resulted from the rheumatic fever that he contracted several years ago. Due to his conditions, blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate throughout his body, leaving Carlos weak, short of breath, and at risk of heart failure. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Carlos's air transportation to the Cayman Islands, where he is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on July 5. Once there, he will receive the care that he needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Carlos says, "I am very happy that I can have this chance to heal my heart, and would like to say thank you to everyone."
Emeline is an eight-year-old girl who lives in a small town in southwestern Haiti with her parents and brothers. Both of her parents work in agriculture. Emeline is an outgoing child who makes friends easily and likes playing games and listening to music. Emeline was born with a cardiac condition known as ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. This causes oxygen-poor blood to circulate throughout her body, leaving Emeline feeling weak. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Emeline's air transportation to the Cayman Islands, where she is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on July 5. Once there, she will receive the care that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Emeline's mother says, "My family is all very happy to know that there is a chance for Emeline's heart to be healed."
Aye is a 50-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and two sons, one of whom attends a local school. Aye and her other son work as agricultural day laborers, cultivating rice and corn. Early this year, Aye began to experience uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. She was referred to our medical partner’s hospital for investigation. Her blood levels were low, so she received a blood transfusion. An ultrasound revealed endometrial hyperplasia, an abnormal uterine condition. On November 28, Aye underwent a total hysterectomy. Aye’s condition has prevented her from working. Her family cannot afford this $1,500 procedure, and they need our help. “I want to get back to work and help my son,” says Aye.